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Human Upgrades
Status: Hoax (probably an art project)
image I've received a couple of emails calling my attention to the Human Upgrades website. This group claims to be some kind of futuristic outfit offering bizarre DNA modification procedures such as Simplenose (giving people one large nostril instead of two), Simpletooth (fusing all the teeth into one long, continuous row), and other more sexually explicit modifications (some of the images are not safe for work). The site states that:

Human Upgrades was founded in 2001 by Doc. MUDr. FaVU. Petr Skala CSc. and his team from Institute of DNA Modification in Brno in Czech Republic. Since the contacts around the world and first class expiriences of the team Human Upgrades was able to offer unprecedented portfolio of surgeries based on the newest discoveries in the field of DNA manipulation.

All the text on the site is written in broken English, complete with misspellings. It seems that someone paid a lot of money to design the site, but never bothered to run the text past someone who can speak English. Anyway, the whole thing is obviously a hoax. The Institute of DNA Modification doesn't exist. The question is, who created the site? The main clue I can find is that all the contact information provides the addresses of European offices of the Bosch Group (makers of automotive and industrial technology). So either the contact information is a deliberate red herring. Or Human Upgrades is part of a strange marketing campaign created by Bosch's PR company.
Update: Another theory (because I find it hard to believe Bosch is responsible for Human Upgrades): There's a Czech film director named Petr Skala (same name as Human Upgrades supposed founder, and the registrant for humanupgrades.com). Perhaps he or one of his students created the site. Or perhaps this is yet another red herring.
Categories: Body ManipulationWebsites
Posted by The Curator on Fri Nov 11, 2005
someone used photoshop and macromedia flash for this site.
Posted by exmortisfangirl  on  Sun Jan 27, 2008  at  06:37 PM
I sent them an e-mail since two years ago, and applied for a job. They accepted my application and it's the best job in my life! I'm really satisfied that I'm helping improving science, as well as working above Emma. The money is wonderful, but my heart is happy beacouse helping people a lot. You would have happy hearts if you have seen smiling faces in recovery facility.
And James, don't worry, second penis is overrated, unless you grow one in your mouth. But beware, only soft toothbrush from that point on.
Posted by Milan  in  Croatia  on  Mon Apr 06, 2009  at  12:19 PM
I LOLD: Cekit is not the film director! It is a hosting service: http://cekit.cz/

http://www.whois.net/whois/humanupgrades.com

domain: humanupgrades.com
owner: Petr Skala
email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Posted by Sid  in  Trieste, Italy  on  Sun May 17, 2009  at  06:29 AM
Check: http://www.skakala.cz/humanupgrades/

"Final exam of bachelor degree. Fictitious plastic surgery clinic which uses DNA manipulated body parts and enhancements."
Posted by Simon  in  Germany  on  Fri Aug 21, 2009  at  06:03 AM
it is a design-project of a grafic student.
pretty well done, i think. this guy really knows how to work with photoshop
Posted by Adrian  in  freiburg, german  on  Thu Sep 03, 2009  at  10:58 AM
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